UK – UK-based medical packaging machinery company Shawpak has launched its new Shawpak Rigid Blister Machine for the pharma industry.

According to Shawpak, the Shawpak Rigid Blister Machine can create die-cut rigid blister packs of up to a maximum size of 600 x 280mm giving a web width of 620mm and an index length of 300mm.

A single blister can be produced at the maximum size or any combination of blisters to make up the 600mm width.

Shawpak says that narrower materials can be loaded onto the machine down to a minimum width of 250mm.

It forms the blister, die-cuts the outer profile, automatically stacks them ready for use in production and includes separate waste disposal.

One of the main benefits of the machine is that it gives medical device customers full flexibility, making packaging on demand from roll stock, rather than relying on supply chains.

The tooling can be quickly changed to give full control and allows customers to make trays ahead of time, preventing the need to store a surplus inventory of stock for months taking up space and tying up cash.

This machine can help integrate a company’s supply chain and allow them to control serialization and inspection as packs are made, allowing better quality control.

Understanding customer struggles with supply chains and limitations in the current standard market solutions was key in the development of Shawpak’s Rigid Blister machine.

Earlier this year, Shawpak introduced Side Seal (4SS) Pouch Machine designed for the packaging of flat medical products, offering speeds of up to 4000 per hour.

According to Shawpak, the 4SS pouch machine is particularly useful in the manufacturing of pre-made pouches for manual packaging lines.

The machine can pack flat products to a maximum thickness of 5mm and up to 600 x 340 mm.

In addition, Shawpak 4SS can make 3-sided sealed pouches with the remaining side open, allowing medical device customers to produce pre-made packs that are manually filled and sealed.

Shawpak says that the machine also offers a compact construction that minimizes its footprint and saves valuable floor space while maintaining efficiency.

The ergonomic design utilizes modular assemblies for improved accessibility and quick changeovers using minimal, low-cost tooling, according to the company.

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